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Historic Instrument Collection Now Viewable Online


Dana Medical Library received a contract to create digitized images of a portion of its historical Medical Instrument Collection. This collection includes 19th and 20th century medical kits and instruments that were used in rural Vermont. Images were created for 223 individual instruments and 36 kits. The collection is now available in ScholarWorks @ UVM, joining the College of Medicine Yearbook and Catalog collections. For further information contact Donna O’Malley, MLS, PI at

O’Malley, Dana Medical Library Acting Director

Acting Director, Donna O'Malley

Acting Director, Donna O’Malley

Library Associate Professor, Donna O’Malley, MLS, will be Acting Director of the Dana Medical Library from July through December 2015 while Director Marianne Burke is on sabbatical. Donna is Library Associate Professor and Head of Technology and Digital Projects at Dana. Donna has contributed extensively to teaching and learning in medical student education over many years, and has held numerous leadership roles in the UVM Libraries. She was an advocate for the creation of ScholarWorks @ UVM, the UVM Libraries-sponsored institutional repository, and currently chairs its implementation committee. She has served on Faculty Senate Committees including the Education, Research, and Technologies Committee. Contact Donna at or (802) 656-4415.

Library Restores Connectivity and Power in Study Area

DTK_5492Since the installation of the Larner Classroom, workmen have installed power and data into many of the carrels and tables around the library. With the addition of the seven tables along the back wall, carrels by tech services, the reference desk, and the new hallway, wireless, data, and electrical capability are strong once again in the student study areas at Dana Library allowing patrons more opportunity to use power and data.

This increased connectivity was needed. You may have noticed with the addition of the Larner classroom, the study area moved from the front to the back of the library reducing the number of tables and carrels with power and data temporarily. The new study area of the library had less than half the connectivity and power available in the former space. The wireless capability has now tripled and data ports and electrical outlets are available at nearly all study tables and carrels.

Now nursing, health science, and medical students are able to study in the library without worrying about electricity or losing data. This upgrade is a final stage of the collaboration to build the classroom with the College of Medicine.

For more information please contact: Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 or

Welcome New Residents!


The Dana Medical Library is your library, and whether you prefer to use the library’s networked study spaces or to access cutting-edge electronic resources from your UVM Medical Center desktop, we can meet your clinical research needs. Here are a few of the things we can do for you.

Resources: Journals, Books, and Mobile

  • AccessMedicine Offers Harrison’s Online as well as other ebooks.
  • ClinicalKey Search engine of clinical answers.
  • Cochrane Library The “gold standard” for Evidence-Based Reviews. A full-text database with links to the literature.
  • DynaMed Clinical Point of Care Reference. Provides clinically-organized summaries for nearly 2000 topics, is updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals. Systematic and evidence-based.
  • UpToDate Describes the clinical manifestations of a wide variety of disorders and provides current options for diagnosis, management and therapy, including the efficacy, doses, and interactions of individual drugs.
  • VisualDx Point of care visual diagnostic tool.
  • Web of Science Offers citation reference searching.
  • Journals The Dana Medical Library has over 5000 health sciences journal subscriptions, over 4700 of which are available online.
  • CATQuest The Library catalog of UVM holdings plus much more: journal articles, movies, government documents, etc.
  • Mobile Resource Guide Provides detailed instructions on how to access library databases that are available as mobile apps.


Using Library Materials

  • Off Campus Access through the UVM Medical Center intranet Log onto the intranet homepage with you “M” number. Follow link from UVM College of Medicine to Dana Medical Library under “Featured Links.”
  • Off Campus Access through UVM EZProxy Click on a link (to UpToDate, PubMed, Dynamed, etc.) on the Dana home page and log in with your UVM NetID. Find your NetID and set your password at
    Borrowing  Bring UVM Medical Center ID to Library for a barcode when ready to borrow material(s).

Request Materials:

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) (656-4382) Obtain journal articles/borrow books from other libraries at no charge via Dana’s website ( or via email ( Articles sent directly to your email account.
  • Document Delivery (656-2653)  Request articles from Dana’s journal collection via Dana’s website ( or via email ( Articles sent directly to your email account.

Liaison Program

The Dana Medical Library has an active Liaison Program whereby a professional Health Sciences Librarian is assigned to each residency specialty. Your Library Liaison can assist you with any of your information needs. A few examples of Liaison activities include:

  • Conducting literature searches for clinical care, education, research;
  • Helping with Journal Clubs;
  • Setting up Alerting Services;
  • Providing instruction and assistance with knowledge management tools like EndNote or with slide presentation software like PowerPoint;
  • Assisting with My NCBI accounts on PubMed;
  • Providing Research Guides that list the most important database, journal, and service links for general clinical care and specific medical specialties, such as Family Medicine or Radiology.

For more information

Summer Hours

Dana Medical Library Summer hours begin on Saturday, June 20, 2015. These hours are in effect through Saturday, August 15, 2015. Fall hours resume Sunday, August 16th, 2015.

Monday-Thursday 8 am – 10 pm
Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday 9 am – 10 pm


Independence Day Holiday Weekend

July 3 – closed (UVM Holiday)
July 4 – closed
July 5 – 9 am – 10 pm

Regular hours will resume Sunday, August 16th, 2015.

summertime photo by reenoreluv used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

The UVM College of Medicine 2015 Alumni Reunion

The UVM College of Medicine 2015 Alumni Reunion is scheduled for Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14.

Classes ending in a 0 or 5 will celebrate a milestone reunion in June 2015. Reunion 2015 Schedule of Events

Register for Reunion! and have your name added to the “See Who’s Coming to Reunion” page.

2:00 pm
Tour of the College of Medicine
The Hoehl Gallery, HSRF 100

Explore the expanding College with current medical students to see how things have changed. Check out the Medical Education Center which has transformed the campus and the completed Courtyard at Given—the new heart of campus. The Dana Medical Library and new Larner Classroom will be included in the tour. Tour lasts about 1 hour.

Visit the 2015 Reunion site for more information.

Therapy Dog Visit

TuckerTucker the therapy dog from the UVM Living Well program will be visiting Dana on Friday, June 12 from noon to 1 pm. Stop by for some stress relief and tail wags. Hosted by the Dana Library in conjunction with the College of Medicine.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and kindness to all individuals. Studies have shown that spending even a short amount of time with an animal may significantly decrease one’s overall anxiety level.

Photo of Tucker courtesy of Living Well.

April Also Brings Nurses


PRNU 111 Students work with Dana Librarian Nancy Bianchi

For the past two weeks, 89 nursing students in PRNU 111, Research in Nursing, have worked with six Dana librarians to hone their research skills. PRNU 111 is a required research class in the nursing major. Twenty-four groups of 3-4 students conduct comprehensive searches in CINAHL for a wide range of clinical questions, from the “impact of kangaroo care” to “alarm fatigue.” Librarians meet with each group to fine-tune their research questions, suggest research strategies, and evaluate the results. Each student in the group then selects one article and analyzes it to determine how well the study was designed, and if the conclusions can be applied to similar situations. The project ends with each group giving a presentation about their findings to the rest of the class.

Gary Atwood, Education Coordinator at Dana, has been embedded in this nursing class since 2013, but library involvement in the class goes back to 2003. The role of the Library has evolved from one library lecture during class time, to multiple class visits from the Nursing Librarian plus a small group session with one of 6 Dana librarians.

Marcia Bosek, the course faculty member, explains the impact. “The reference librarians use the students’ initial search strategy to individualize their approach to meet the students where they are in the process. Students comment on how ‘our librarian’ helped them search more efficiently and/or taught them new databases. At the end of their session with their designated reference librarian, the nursing students have identified appropriate research articles, have refined their clinical question as necessary, and are ready to complete their project. When presenting their EBP project, student groups frequently comment: ‘Our librarian was THE BEST’ or other expressions of praise and appreciation.”

The nursing students aren’t the only ones full of praise. Gary and all librarians who work on this project agree it is a great way to learn more about the nursing curriculum, dive deep into nursing research, and connect with nursing students. Frequently librarians meet students they end up working with again and again over the course of the next few years. Professor Bosek agrees that everyone gets something out of the experience. “Each time Gary works with my students, I learn something new too.”

MEDSINC App Co-Developed by UVM Medical Faculty

Tablet physician

University of Vermont Professor (Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics) and Pediatrician Barry Finette has co-developed a mobile phone app MEDSINC (Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic System for Infants, Newborns and Children) set to be deployed in the field later this year. This app, which is downloadable onto any mobile device, has the ability to medically assess children in developing countries even if healthcare workers aren’t available.

Finette, having treated sick children with limited access to medical care in some of the world’s poorest countries, saw a great need for this app; which provides users (even those with little or no medical training) a series of questions to ask when assessing a sick child. The app then determines the severity of the child’s conditions and gives recommended treatment based on the user’s skill set. This app allows for life saving treatment even if the patient’s underlying condition can not be determined.

For more information, head over to Seven Days: Burlington Vermont’s weekly newspaper recently featured an article that highlights the MEDSINC app.

Part 1 – Inspirational Women in Medicine: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dana Medical Library is sharing empowering stories of inspirational women in medicine starting with Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler.

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree and in the process challenged the prejudice that prevented African Americans from pursuing careers in medicine.

Born in Delaware in 1831, Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was raised by an aunt who spent much of her time caring for sick neighbors which influenced Crumpler’s career path. She worked as a nurse for 8 years before being accepted to the New England Female Medical College in 1860.

Graduating in 1864, she first practiced medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. However, after the Civil War ended, she saw a great need for medical services in the postwar South. Crumpler based herself in Richmond, Virginia and took part in missionary work providing urgent medical care to freed slaves. She worked in Richmond for many years before returning to Boston later in life.

The little that we do know about Crumpler is learned from the introduction of her book published in 1883 titled A Book of Medical Discourses where you can read about her remarkable achievements as a physician and medical writer.

If you have any suggestions for an inspirational woman in medical history for the Dana Medical Library blog please contact: Robin Katrick at the following email address: